On a night out, Minnesotans hope to get lucky at meat raffle
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They sit at a table near the bar, the three farmer’s daughters and their boisterous friend, all of them single, in their 40s and 50s. With Johnny Cash on the jukebox, their cocktails before them, they’re ready for an action-packed Saturday night.

Sure, there are plenty of eligible men on hand up here in the Minnesota north woods — good-looking ones too, with summer tans, fishing caps and ready smiles — but these women are eyeing another quarry entirely.

Like a package of raw T-bone steaks, beef tips, thick bottom rounds, butterfly pork chops or a nice roast. In a pinch, they’ll take chicken breasts, ribs, sausage, bratwurst or, heck, even hamburger.

The women are among the crowd at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3839, home to a long-standing cultural practice that’s as much a part of this state’s identity as hockey, brutal winters and Lake Wobegon: the meat raffle.

At hundreds of bars, pubs and American Legion halls — in big cities and in small towns like Moose Lake, Long Prairie and Fergus Falls — the faithful gather for a few drinks and a chance at taking home that night’s dinner without having to shoot it themselves.

Mary Wiener (her real name, honest), a lab technician from St. Cloud, starts a cheerleader’s chant, and the farmer’s daughters — out for a women-only camping weekend —…………… continues on Los Angeles Times

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South Sound Morning: Thursday update
News from Bellingham Herald:

Women create their own salves in Irene Hinkle’s herbal medicinals workshop during the Skillshare Faire at Friends Meeting House on Boston Harbor Road on Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014.

TONY OVERMAN — Staff Photographer

Good morning, today is Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014, National Patriot Day, and National Day of Service and Remembrance.

Weather: Sunny, highs near 70 during the day, mostly clear with highs in the upper 40s Thursday night.

Traffic: During the weekends of Sept. 12 and Sept. 19, drivers can expect major traffic impacts while construction crews repair a bridge expansion joint on Interstate 5 in Olympia. The work involves numerous day and night lane and ramp closures on I-5 and State Route 101 over both weekends, as well as creating extensive traffic congestion on northbound and southbound I-5 and on State Route 101 approaching I-5. For more…………… continues on Bellingham Herald

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